Mogwai – ‘A Wrenched Virile Lore’

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Mogwai’s second remix album is a good reason to dig up their first

Mogwai’s second remix album is a good reason to dig up their first, 1998’s ‘Kicking A Dead Pig’, and have a think about where those 14 years have gone. The Scottish prog-rockers have released six albums in that time, so they’ve earned a gently indulgent venture like this. Their taste in remixers still tends to the indie-friendly, but their imposing guitar squalls are repeatedly processed into a wildly different beast. Klad Hest’s Megadrive-era rave take on ‘Rano Pano’, Zombi’s sweeping, epic synths on ‘Letters To The Metro’ and RM Hubbert’s ‘Mexican Grand Prix’ – a cover not a remix – are the keepers here, but the overall standard is high.

Noel Gardner